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Tying their own shoes is one of those developmental milestones that parents REALLY want their pre-schooler to master before they enter kindergarten. But is that reasonable? And what’s the best way to help a child master this very important skill?

Many developmental charts say children should be able to tie their own shoes by the age of five, which, no doubt having seen these charts, is why parents feel they have to push their child master the skill before they go to kindergarten.

In real life though, the age range tends to be much wider, somewhere between four and eight years old. And however old they are, kids do need to be shown how to tie their shoes in a way they’ll understand and be able to grasp without too much frustration.

How do you know if your child is really ready to begin the shoe tying training?

As with teaching any child a new skill, they should be set up for success. Working on shoe tying before your child is ready will just be frustrating for both of you.

Most of us have been tying our shoes for decades. We don’t even think about it anymore; it’s automatic. However, have you ever tried to tie your shoe with even a little impairment, like a band-aid on your finger? You suddenly have to think about it and it gets tricky.

Shoe tying calls for a precise sequence of fine motor movements. Each hand is responsible for its own set of highly dexterous movements. The brain coordinates each hand’s sequence, while mastering the timing to ensure that each hand’s individual sequence coordinates with the other hand’s sequence. When you break it down like this it’s easier to see why some kids struggle.

So, to help ensure success, there are other things you should make sure your child should achieve before learning to tie their shoes. Your child does not have to master all of these skills, but if they are able to complete the majority of the tasks listed, then you definitely have the green light to begin shoe tying!

  • Cutting out simple shapes
  • Stabilizing paper with opposite hand while writing/coloring
  • Buttoning/unbuttoning large buttons
  • Lacing on a lacing board
  • Stringing beads
  • Folding paper in half
  • Tearing paper into small pieces

Are most of these items checked off your child’s list? Congratulations! Time to teach shoe tying!

If not, no problem, just keep practicing! 

Grading the Task

This technique is simply teaching kids small steps at a time, which helps them be more successful and feel less frustrated. Regardless of the method you use, move through this sequence:

Begin With a Tying Board

You can make a tying board of your own fairly easily, or premade versions are reasonably inexpensive and can be purchased from sites like Amazon. These simple tools offer an easier way to begin teaching your child the basics than working with a real shoe in the early stages.

Practice with Pipe Cleaner

Sometimes, the frustration for our little learners is how floppy those shoe laces can be in those little hands, one technique I love to use is adding pipe cleaners. This helps give the "shoelace" structure and makes it easier to see as you teach them each step.

shoetying

Shoe On the Table

Once they are doing well with the tying board practice with a real shoe, but one placed on a table rather than their foot. This lets your child practice with the real thing but at an angle they will be more comfortable with, and better able to see what their fingers are doing.

Tying Your Shoes

Next up, having your child tie your shoes, or those of a sibling. This gets him into the crouched position needed to tie a show that’s in place but without having to navigate the more complicated process of balancing himself while doing so.

The Big Finish

After your child has mastered all the steps above – and only then – you can have him move on to the final step; tying his own shoes while wearing them. The first few attempts are unlikely to be perfect, but praise them nevertheless. Practice will make perfect, and by breaking down the learning process in the way that we described here that perfect will likely come a lot sooner!

If your child is struggling with fine motor skill tasks like tying their shoes and it’s beginning to worry you don’t turn things into a battle OR give up. Reach out for help instead.

 

Best,

Jessica Barsky

COVID BULLETIN #86


Dear Valued Members,



URBAN PRAIRIE CUISINE will have their POP UP Lunch Truck today in the WWC parking lot!

11:00am - 1:00pm TODAY!

Also, tomorrow at GNR on Dugald Road, same time.


Smoked Brisket with hickory sticks and honey mustard mayo

or

Panko Crusted Crispy Crispy Chicken with honey dill sauce, tomatoes and lettuce.

Both come with Creamy dill coleslaw and a beverage.


$14.00

 

Covid Bulletin #85



Dear Valued WWC Members,



MASSAGE AND ATHLETIC THERAPY

 
Massage Therapy at the WWC!

During these trying times, massage therapy not only helps with stress relief, but regular massage sessions over a prolonged period of time can boost energy levels, reduce pain, and stimulate individuals on physical as well as emotional levels. BOOK YOURS TODAY!

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 Athletic Therapy at the WWC!
 
Meet with a member of our AT Team to get treatments and go through exercises related to your physical rehabilitation to help get you back to your best.​
 
Book in with one of our Certified Athletic Therapists by contacting Fitness Director,
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The following Fitness classes will be taking place on Zoom over the next week:
This week there will only be the early morning class offered with Caitlin on Wednesday and no class on Saturday with Aimee due to the long weekend.


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Pilates with Ruth on Tuesday at 9:15am
 
Yin Yang Yoga with Philip on Tuesday at 8:00pm
 
Strength and Conditioning Class with Caitlin on Wednesday at 6:30am

Yoga with Meagan on Thursday at 9:30am​

Full Body Blast with Caitlin on Friday at 9:30am



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Outside of regular hours contact:
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Covid Bulletin #84


Dear Valued WWC Members,

After the announcement this past Sunday that schools would shift to remote learning beginning Wednesday, we know there are so many families that have been impacted by this change.
Although your Club is also closed due to Code Red restrictions, we are still here for you.
 
Join us throughout the week for a variety of classes that are offered on Zoom and make sure to join our Winnipeg Winter Club Families group on Facebook and follow @wwcfamilies on Instagram for even more family friendly content.
 
Jessica sends out a weekly email with all of the class access codes.
Once you have these codes and you can pick and choose which classes you would like to attend.
Classes are drop in, registration is not required.
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be added to our Zoom class email list.


 
JUNIOR & FAMILY ZOOM CLASSES

What are our Classes?

CRAFTY CORNER
This class is filled with different craft projects that will use minimal or basic craft supplies. Don’t have a supply? No problem, I am sure we have a modification idea for you!
Suitable for all ages. Parental help may be needed depending on age and crafting experience.
 
PAINT WITH JESSICA
This class will explore art using different types of paint and styles of paintings.
Classes are between level 1-4 with 1 being beginner and 4 being the most challenging painting projects.
 
MINI MAKERS
These classes will have a wide variety of different DIY projects for kids who are ready to begin adventuring beyond traditional crafting!
 
MAKERS
These classes will have a wide variety of different DIY projects with our more experienced crafters who want to adventure beyond the construction paper crafting! Some of these projects will be challenging. Suitable for all ages including teens and adults
 
 
CLASS SCHEDULE
Find out more about the classes listed above and about other upcoming classes by visiting our website www.winnipegwinterclub.com
 
 Monday, May 17th
4:00 pm Gym Class
 
Tuesday, May 18th
11:30 am Crafty Corner: Paper Plate Bumble Bee
2:00 pm MAKERS: Mermaid Tail Wall Art
 
Wednesday, May 19th
10:30 am Crafty Corner: Paper Roll Crab
4:00 pm Paint with Jessica: Cactus Sunset (Level 2) 
 
Thursday, May 20th
4:00 pm Paint with Jessica: Mermaid (Level 2)
 
Friday, May 21st
10:30 am Crafty Corner: Bubble Painting
11:30 am Crafty Corner: Ocean Diorama 
 


MASSAGE AND ATHLETIC THERAPY

Athletic Therapy Still Available at the WWC!
 
We are thrilled to be able to still offer Athletic Therapy exclusively to our WWC Members during these challenging times.
 
Meet with a member of our AT Team to get treatments and go through exercises related to your physical rehabilitation to help get you back to your best.​
 
Book in with one of our Certified Athletic Therapists by contacting Fitness Director, Jeff Mitchell to schedule a session today by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
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Massage Therapy Returning to the WWC!
 

We are also very happy that we are able to offer Massage Therapy on site here at the Winnipeg Winter Club once again. To book in with our Registered Massage Therapist Larisa Waters, please contact her directly by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
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The following Fitness classes will be taking place on Zoom over the next week:

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to participate.


 
 

 
Fitness Frenzy with Aimee on Saturdays at 10:00am
 
Monday Mayhem with Aimee on Mondays at 9:15am *Note start time.
 
Pilates with Ruth on Tuesday at 9:15am *Note start time.
 
Yin Yang Yoga with Philip on Tuesday at 8:00pm
 
Strength and Conditioning Class with Caitlin on Wednesday at 6:30am
 
Cardio and Core with Caitlin on Wednesday at 9:30am
 
Yoga with Meagan on Thursday at 9:30am​



RACQUETS PRO SHOP

OPEN DAILY 10am - 4pm (Monday - Sunday)

OUTSIDE OF REGULAR HOURS CONTACT:
TEXT: Archie @ 204-781-7588 EMAIL:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


PLEASE USE THE DOOR AT THE FAR RIGHT NEAR THE BICYCLE RACKS.

IF THE DOOR IS NOT OPEN PLEASE KNOCK OR CALL 204-231-0666


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Please find our current Take and Bake Menu attached!



CONTINUE TO STAY CONNECTED WITH US ONLINE!
Follow us on Social Media for workouts, fun kid activities and more!
Instagram: 
@clubwwc
@wwc_fitness
@wwc_badminton
@wwc_families
Twitter: @clubwwc
Facebook:
Winnipeg Winter Club

 We also have a private Facebook page for fun ideas & to connect with other parents. You can search Winnipeg Winter Club Families on Facebook and request to join. 

Thank you and Stay Safe,

WWC Management

Covid Bulletin #83


Dear Valued WWC Members,

We hope you all enjoyed Mother's Day yesterday!


ZOOM LIVE WORKOUTS

We are conducting fitness classes live with the Zoom video conferencing platform. If you are interested in participating in these classes please contact our Fitness Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to obtain details and the access code for each class available. 

MAY 10TH - 15TH

FITNESS CLASSES


Pilates with Ruth on Tuesday at 9:15am
 
Yin Yang Yoga with Philip on Tuesday at 8:00pm
 
Strength and Conditioning Class with Caitlin on Wednesday at 6:30am
 
Cardio and Core with Caitlin on Wednesday at 9:30am
 
Yoga with Meagan on Thursday at 9:30am
 
Full Body Blast Class with Caitlin on Fridays at 9:30am
 
Fitness Frenzy with Aimee on Saturdays at 10:00am
 


JUNIOR CLASSES


Monday, May 10th
4:00 pm Gym Class
 
Tuesday, May 11th
11:30 am Crafty Corner: Paper Plate Rocking Snail
 
Wednesday, May 12th
4:00 pm Paint with Jessica: Lightning Storm
 
Thursday, May 13th
11:30 am Crafty Corner: Tulip Garden Fork Painting
 
Friday, May 14th
4:00 pm Crafty Corner: Blossoming Spring Tree

If you are interested in participating in these classes please contact our Facilities Coordinator 
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URBAN PRAIRIE CUISINE

Thank you for all of your Mother's Day orders! We hope you enjoyed it!

Please find our current Take and Bake Menu attached. Offering free delivery to WWC members, within Winnipeg ,until Friday May 14!

We appreciate your support!



Visit our Social Media for workouts, fun kid activities and more!
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@clubwwc
@wwc_fitness
@wwc_badminton
@wwc_families
Twitter:
@clubwwc
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 Please request to join our private page on Facebook for ideas & to connect with other parents:
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Sincerely,

WWC Management